Lupita Nyong'o Spills Beauty Secrets, From Why She Shaved Her Head to Her Surprising Makeup Remover

10/10/2014 at 11:22 AM ET

When PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful woman shares her hair, makeup or skincare tips, we immediately sit up and pay attention. So when she recently opened up to Redbook mag about her beauty routine, we got out our highlighters — and then had to share them with you.

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She didn’t always feel Most Beautiful.
“As a teen, my hair caused me so much anxiety. When I wasn’t happy with how my hair looked, I’d spend recess in the bathroom because I was so embarrassed.”

Cutting her hair was nerve-wracking — but now she loves how easy it is.
“It wasn’t on a whim. I spent days thinking about it first. Once I did it, it was very liberating, but I also felt very naked. When you feel the wind on your scalp, it’s like, Oh, my God. But I’ve kept my hair short ever since.”

She uses edible skin care! (And some non-food treatments too.)
“My skin tends to be very dry, so I use avocado oil to take off my makeup, which helps keep my face moisturized. Then I use a light cleanser, eye cream, and Lancôme Génifique serum [she’s the face of the brand], which I love because you can dab it on top of makeup too.”

RELATED PHOTOS: Check out our fave Lupita looks here!

She never considered herself a beauty or style rulebreaker.
“Well, I hadn’t been on any red carpets before, so I didn’t know what the rules were. I just gravitate toward what I like. My makeup artist, Nick Barose, has grown my confidence in playing with color. He’s gotten me to wear some pink lipcolors that I would have never picked out on my own.”

Her everyday makeup look is simply chic.
“I’ll do defined brows and natural eyeshadow, then I put on a plum blush, which gives my cheeks a healthy look. On dark skin, it’s easy for blush to be too obvious. And I love lip balm because you can just grab it and go.”

Have you tried avocado oil as a makeup remover? Which of Lupita’s tips would you try? Tell us in the comments below!

–Loni Venti

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Lilahk on

Lupita is so beautiful! Great spirit as well.

MSC on

No woman looks good with a shaved head, they look completely stupid and obviously that is the look they were striving for.

Bill on

Utterly fascinating !!!!!!! You topped yourself, People.com !!!!!

jessica on

She could wear anything. Such a classic beauty.

angela on

That is sure one ugly lady.

rebecca on

She is sooo lovely!!

Stephanie on

I’ve used coconut oil for a long time as a makeup remover. It even works on waterproof mascara! It’s natural and leaves my skin feeling moisturized instead of dry and tight like most commercial makeup removers do.

Sue on

Once again PEOPLE, you do not know the meaning of shaved.
This woman has sheared off a small portion of her hair. It will
grow back practically overnight. This is shearing, not shaving.
She looks fine.

Kat on

I just hope she’ll stay true to herself and not take the skin-lightening route that some black celebs take, eg Beyonce, India Arie, Lil Kim and others!

Sarah on

Gorgeous no matter how she wears her hair!

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